Things houseguests always notice
People often become immune to the smell of their own home, but it's the first thing your guests notice. Before they arrive, light some candles or boil some water with orange or lemon peels.
It doesn't take long for piles old magazines and papers to become part of the furniture. Although you no longer notice these, your guests will. Do a quick sweep of anything out of place, moving any clutter out of plain sight.
There’s nothing worse than washing your hands at a friend's place and the only towel available for drying is the one they use after a shower. Make sure there’s a clean hand towel in the bathroom, light a candle and top up the toilet paper.
The right lighting is vital when entertaining guests. Either dim or turn off overhead lights. Use table lamps and candles to create a flattering glow.